This book was given to me by the author, Devin K. Smyth, in return for my review of it.

The ContaminantsThe cover of this book is very simple and works with the story which initially pulled me into reading something I would normally be a little wary of. It’s in first person present tense which is never something I find easy to read but the author did a good job of sucking me into the story quickly enough that it didn’t seem to matter.

The pacing is quite fast without masses of description, which for the most part is a good thing, especially as it’s a dystopian sort of book. A few times I’d have liked a bit more information, especially given the strange new tech. I found myself confused occasionally and unsure what something was or what it did as the characters just started using it. Sometimes this gave a sort of Deus Ex Machina feel to the plot, but it was only a slight niggle.

I liked the two kids, although I felt they were very similar and a lot of the adults were too, but I was definitely engaged enough to care.

All in all I was suitably entertained and would read more about these characters and the world they find themselves in even with the few imperfections.